Governor Peter Shumlin
Peter Shumlin is the 81st governor of Vermont.
His career in public service began in Putney almost 30 years ago. In 1980 at the age of 24 he was elected to serve on the town’s select board. In 1990 Montpelier came calling when Governor Madeleine Kunin appointed Peter to fill an empty seat in the Vermont House of Representatives.
After three years in the House he ran for one of Windham County’s two Senate seats. He was elected in 1992 and would represent Windham County for the next ten years. During his second term he was elected Democratic leader and in 1997 his colleagues chose him to serve as the President pro-tempore, the chamber’s top leadership post.
Peter ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2002. After a four year absence he returned to the Senate in 2006 where he was again selected to serve as the President pro-tempore.
During his 13 years in the Senate Peter served on the Rules Committee, the Finance Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Appropriations Committee.
A Record of Accomplishments
Peter has made a career of advocating for policies that reflect the needs and values of Vermonters – ones that will benefit Vermont in the long term and give future generations the same opportunity that he had to make Vermont their home.
He has worked to fight global climate change, bring broadband to every corner of the state and provide health care for every Vermonter.
He worked with Governor Howard Dean to balance the state budget. During the current economic crisis he stood up to the Douglas administration, working alongside House Speaker Shap Smith to pass responsible legislation that trimmed programs where possible, while reinvesting in programs and services that Vermonters need now more than ever.
And believing that all Vermonters deserve to be treated equally, he played a leading role in the passage of the first in the nation civil unions law and the 2010 Marriage Equality Act.
Peter, 54, is the father of two daughters Olivia, 20, and Rebecca, 18. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking and cross country skiing. He likes to fish, hunt and garden and can sometimes be found spreading manure and cutting hay at the dairy farm where he is a partner.